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Centre for Policy Alternatives
HIV/AIDS in Sri Lanka: A Profile on Policy and Practice
Centre for Policy Alternatives, Colombo, July 2007, 39 pp

Reproduced with the kind permission of the Centre for Policy Alternatives.


"This paper discusses the status of HIV/AIDS in Sri Lanka, with a special focus on laws, policies, institutional structures and practical issues such as the prevalence of stigma and discrimination, lack of adequate resources and infrastructure. While Sri Lanka is a low prevalence country, several factors such as poverty, conflict, low awareness levels and low condom use coupled with vulnerable groups as listed in this document, could result in the possibility of an outbreak of HIV/AIDS in the future. In such a situation, it is vital that the response to HIV/AIDS is targeted, timely and effective, recognising the needs and vulnerabilities of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), their families and friends, communities and vulnerable groups. This paper also maps out the role played by civil society, religious leaders, media, the private sector, international organisations and donors and particular initiatives undertaken by these actors in their response to HIV/AIDS. Finally the paper sets out recommendations for future action combining a multisectoral approach and a rights based framework."

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